It was a pleasure to return to my own former primary school, Eastlakes Public School, with the Mayor of the City of Botany Bay Cr. Ben Keneally to celebrate the fruits of another year of hard work from students and staff. Although visiting for the first time as the Member for Heffron, having visited as Mayor of the City of Botany Bay for 31 years and as a student from Kindergarten to Year 2, the school could hardly be more familiar to me yet I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the teaching and learning as well as the sense of school and community spirit. Principal Mrs Jane Gilbert and her staff are to be congratulated on their fantastic work in making their school such a great place for our children to begin their education.
I was particularly pleased to present Melisa Kurt with my Outstanding Leadership Award for 2012. Melisa was desribed by Principal Ms Gilbert as "A capable responsible School Leader, who takes on any responsibility and is always willing to help others in the School Community"
The whole school choral performance of 'Run the Gauntlet' was a impressive display of the many talents of our young people and the dedication of the teachers who nurture those talents, often thanklessly. Another highlight was special guest Anthony Minichiello, who on behalf of MiniFit was able to present sporting awards to children he had been working with throughout the year.